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EUR-HUMAN project shortlisted for European Health Award 2017

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(Vienna, 02 August 2017) The European project EUR-HUMAN: European Refugees - Human Movement and Advisory Network (3rd Health Program of the European Union), in which MedUni Vienna’s Division of General and Family Medicine was a partner organisation, has been shortlisted for the European Health Awards.

Under the direction of the project team from the Division of General and Family Medicine (Kathryn Hoffmann, Elena Jirovsky, Elisabeth Sophie Mayrhuber), an online course was developed for doctors, especially GPs, to help them deal with the often complex healthcare needs of refugees and migrants.

The online course not only provides specific information about the bio-psycho-social healthcare needs of refugees and migrants in Austria but it also clarifies the legal situation for doctors and asylum seekers within the primary care system. The course also provides extra information about healthcare offerings, institutions and support organisations in Austria. Overall, the content of this course should help doctors to provide healthcare to refugees, which is well-informed, integrated and person-centred, as well as being professional and safe.

Allocation of the European Health Award will be decided in September by a jury of leading European health experts and will be announced at the European Health Forum Gastein on 4 October 2017. The prize is worth €10,000 and is funded by the Austrian Ministry for Health and Women and FOPI, the Forum of the Researching Pharmaceutical Industry in Austria.